Nate Diaz talking about Conor McGregor…
Top 10 UFC lightweight Nate Diaz again finds himself in a standoff with a tough opponent. Unfortunately for his fans, Diaz is butting heads with his employers, rather than a fellow fighter.
Since defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 196, Diaz experienced a surge in popularity. Apparently the UFC was not so keen on his image. According to Diaz, the promotion pulled out all stops to try and squash his rise in stock.
Perhaps his employers didn’t appreciate the ‘bad boy’ image. Recently Nate claimed the UFC tried to jack his spot on a movie ad with Charlie Day and Ice Cube. Allegedly the promotion wanted to get McGregor or Georges St-Pierre in the commercial.
All this seems very strange give how marketable Diaz has become. Looking at their style of trash talk and brazen attitude, is there really that much difference between Diaz and McGregor?
Speaking with MMA Alpha, Diaz discusses being ‘held back,’ and also McGregor’s claim that he’s the greatest of all-time:
“He Got Worked”
Diaz isn’t sold on the discussion about McGregor as an all-time great. According to Nate, their last two fights tell a completely different story:
“Me and my brother, they don’t want to let either one of us in there. Congratulations to Conor. He did a great job, got the two belts. My and him know what happened the last couple fights. That greatest of all time stuff, that means he’s just coming to an end. I don’t remember any of the greatest of all time getting worked over like the last two fights. So not to sit here and bash, but that’s what I felt like the whole situation.”
What’s Next For Nate Diaz?
With McGregor potentially boxing bound, Diaz has been turning down fight offers from the UFC. He recently said that nothing under $20 million would tempt him back to fighting in the octagon.
Similarly to McGregor, Diaz says he is in the process of acquiring a Nevada boxing license. Would the UFC be better off keeping an asset like Diaz by offering better pay, or will they cut him loose, or maybe draw out a legal battle?